Ashley, age 20, started attending YMCA Child Care in the first grade. She has a significant developmental disability which required extra supervision and caused her to be turned away from other care programs. The Y staff made the program work for Ashley and found a way to keep her in the program for a number of years past elementary. Ashley went through middle school and high school with her Y peers and was always embraced and welcomed into new settings. Ashley and her mom still see the Y as a foundation to her later years of life.
"A child can be supervised and kept safe in a variety of care environments. What set the YMCA apart for our family has been the exposure to healthy values and a feeling of belonging. The Y teaches children how to be good citizens with manners. They provide opportunities for kids to explore, be creative, interact and have fun. The Y is a great resource for families," says Linda, Ashley's mom.